Another Navy ship mishap: Officer killed in gas leak on INS Kolkata in Mumbai

Mar 07, 2014, 17:31 IST | Vinod Kumar Menon

Indian Navy was hit by yet another mishap on Friday with gas leakage taking place on a ship in Mazgaon Dockyard in Mumbai, leading to the death of a Commander and hospitalisation of some others

Mumbai: Indian Navy was hit by yet another mishap on Friday with gas leakage taking place on a ship in Mazgaon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, leading to the death of a Commander-rank officer and hospitalisation of some others. 

A commander from the Indian Navy lost his life and two other officials from Mazgaon Dockyard Limited (MDL) complained of uneasiness after a carbon dioxide gas leakage in a war ship anchored near Mumbai Port Trust.

INS Kolkata Class destroyer was under construction at Mumbai's Mazgaon Dockyard and was due to be commissioned this month.

Speaking to MiD-DAY, senior officials from Mazgaon Dock said that two of their officials were taken to JJ Hospital are safe now and said to be out of danger.

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Preliminary inquires have revealed that the Indian Navy Commander and MDL officials were on board of INS Kolkata Class destroyer, at Yard-701 of Mumbai Port Trust which was being constructed by Mazgaon Dock Limited and due to some technical snag, the gas in its Carbon Dioxide chamber started leaking.

The rescue team immediately swung into action and found the naval official in an unconscious state, he was taken to Naval hospital INS Asvini, where he was declared dead.

A high level inquiry has been ordered to probe the incident.

Meanwhile, senior Naval officials from the Western Naval Command have rushed to the spot.

The mishap took place just more than a week after fire and smoke incident on INS Sindhuratna off the Mumbai coast, in which two officers lost their lives and seven sailors were taken ill.

This is the 12th mishap involving Navy's assets over the last seven months. The biggest mishap occurred when the INS Sindhurakshak sank inside the Mumbai harbour killing all 18 personnel on board on August 14.

Earlier this month, INS Airavat, an amphibious warfare vessel, ran aground after which the commanding officer was stripped of his command duties. After the sinking of the INS Sindhurakshak, one of the mishaps involved INS Betwa which was damaged after probably hitting some underwater object.

India's leading minesweeper, the INS Konkan that was undergoing repairs in Vizag, also caught fire and suffered major damage to its interiors. The Pondicherry-class minesweeper was getting a refit at a dry dock when the incident occurred.

After the Sindhuratna incident on February 26, Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi resigned taking "moral responsibility" over the spate of mishaps involving naval warships.

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